Chief Executive Newsletter Updates

The Farmers Club Newsletter – No. 2 – January 2021


Another week on and according to the most recent ‘heat maps’ of infections around the UK, the first signs seem to be emerging that the rate of infections are beginning to plateau following what seems to have been a surge emanating from the Christmas period. One can only hope that the increasingly growing majority of those who comply with the restrictions continue to do so as does the number of those who are vaccinated.  This programme seems to be going well enough and the momentum is increasing fast, and I am sure that many members will already have had at least one dose of the vaccine by now.
The administrative life of the Club continues as ever and we are in the midst of quite a busy period particularly in our preparations for the first Sub and General Committee meetings of the year as we welcome new Chairman Keith Redpath along with three new Committee members.  There is also an enormous amount of work being conducted in preparation for end-of-year accounts and our formal audit in February.  This has not been the start to the year that we had anticipated and it is likely to stay this way for a few weeks yet, however, there is a tremendous amount of planning and pencilling in of club events for later in the year.  Unfortunately, we cannot declare any of these at this stage as we don’t yet know what will go ahead or under what conditions they will be conducted.  Even more importantly, I cannot commit any of our precious cash resources to events where we are not guaranteed to get our money back if we have to cancel due to COVID related reasons.  That said, we are confident with some of our current plans and planning is underway. More news to come later.


On behalf of the Chairman and Committees, may I pass on our thanks for the tremendous support tendered by the membership in renewing their membership, especially via direct debit. This has very quickly given us a very accurate starting financial position for the New Year, which is even more important this year after the hiatus of last.  This has been a tremendous show of faith by members in the Club itself during what has been a pretty traumatic 11 months to date and will extend a little further yet.  Your membership is never taken for granted and we are grateful that so many have shown their affection and loyalty for this great club.  We are really looking forward to repaying that trust in the near future.  For those yet to pay please may I make a request that you do so at the earliest opportunity so that we can then move on with planning for 2021.


One of our members has asked me to canvass the broader membership in order to seek work/experience for 2 aspiring Veterinary Scientists who are presently studying at Edinburgh University and their second year.  Both ladies are looking for a paid lambing job from 29th March to the 12th or 18th April (to be determined).  Last year they worked seven days a week on a 1500 ewe farm in Wales where they learnt their trade!  They are both hardworking, love to have fun and would want to work as a team (therefore on a single unit).  If you are looking for help during this busy time and could use some experienced assistance, please contact Rob Alexander at:


LEAF are holding a members update and regional networking meeting on Friday 5th February from 2pm to 3.30pm, via ZOOM.  The details are as follows:

Programme: LEAF Education Impact Report
  • Update on Farmer Time –how does it benefit you?
  • Virtual farm visits –video case studies from across the regions
  • Quiz –how much do you know about food, farming, and the countryside?
  • Regional project updates from your Regional Consultants
  • Update on CEVAS –including the launch of online CEVAS course
  • Networking and opportunity for Q&A –what can we do for you?

DATE & TIME: Friday 5 th February 2021. 14:00 - 15:30
Book here: Regional Networking Event


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This has been a strange week in that it seems I have had little to report but this is against a backdrop of significant effort behind the scenes on a plethora of planning, preparation and looking to the future.  From the very significant numbers of emails and letters we get from members each week including this week the excellent feedback regarding Craig’s Corner, it is clear that there is going to be huge demand for what the Club offers in the near future. We are very encouraged by the number of bedroom bookings being made along with business and social gatherings and we will be endeavouring to make those stays and functions as memorable as possible so that we can all put the last 12 months behind us. 

Keep safe and well.
Andrei Spence